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Gov. Charlie Crist appoints two to Coastal Rivers Basin Board


Two appointed to River Basin Board

Gov. Charlie Crist has appointed Richard Matassa and Fritz Musselmann to the Southwest Florida Water Management District's Coastal Rivers Basin Board, the agency announced Wednesday.

Matassa, from Spring Hill, is managing director of A Civil Design Group and was appointed to succeed Elaine Perry. His term ends March 1, 2012.

Musselmann, from Spring Hill in Pasco County, was the director of the District's Land Resources Department from 1981 until he retired in January 2009. He succeeds Randall Maggard. His term ends March 1, 2013.

Both appointments were made Monday.

The Coastal Rivers Basin includes parts of Citrus, Hernando and Pasco counties. Basin boards work with local governments and other entities on water resource projects that affect local communities. Basin boards often provide funding for these projects in partnership with a local government or cooperator.

Basin board members are unpaid volunteers appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate. They serve staggered three-year terms.


Police: Scam victim also a perpetrator

A Brooksville woman believed to have been victimized by a Nigerian lottery scam has been accused of conning others out of roughly $500,000 in similar ventures.

The Brooksville Police Department said Doris Siegel, 78, of 6405 Roscommon Road approached multiple victims from January 2008 through this month and asked for money claiming she won the lottery in Holland.

Police said they told Siegel in 2004 that she likely was a victim of a Nigerian lottery scam or foreign lottery based on correspondence that she had received. She used that information and deception, they said in a report, to fraudulently obtain money from other people.

Siegel was captured on surveillance tape lying to several of the victims, the report states, adding that she later admitted to detectives that she lied to the victims to obtain their money.

The lottery scams take several forms, usually asking victims to put up their own money in return for a piece of the lottery winnings.

Siegel also got money from victims after claiming to have started a Guatemalan mission that does not exist, according to the police.

The approximate amount stolen was $500,000, from at least five victims. Siegel was arrested on charges of organized fraud and is being held on $50,000 bond at the Hernando County Jail.

Gov. Charlie Crist appoints two to Coastal Rivers Basin Board 03/24/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 9:18pm]
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